Well I never thought it would happen but I finally finished painting the studio. “Finally” should be written in capitals, in bold, underlined and perhaps printed in the color red. I swear it took an eternity and a half to finish. It is a big space. It does have high ceilings. But to make things even better it was an absolute joy to paint the floor with the smelliest oil based paint known to man in an unventilated area. Layer after layer after layer of sticky, smelly paint. It is no mystery why I don’t repaint this area every year or two.
Previously this area was painted in dark blues, so the light earth tones are a significant change. Updating is good. It makes you rethink how to light and shoot your subject.
This is one of a handful of images shot to test the studio area. I have a few more shots in this post on www.debrahunter.wordpress.com . I also tend to post samples on my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca and on my Facebook page if you are interested in seeing more work.
After an incredibly long winter it is great to finally have the opportunity to shoot some outdoor portraits. Shooting on location is fun, and when you have the opportunity to shoot at a completely new location it makes for some really creative shooting with fresh looking images.
This session was shot in a rural area west of Edmonton. Country roads, old shacks and interesting fences all create a very rural Alberta atmosphere. Early season gives the warmth and texture of brown grass which adds to the rugged and relaxed feel. Most people think of outside portraiture being green trees and manicured lawns, but I have to admit I like the honesty of shooting in naturally occurring surroundings.
Shooting outdoors early in the season presents both challenges and charms. Cooler temperatures, wind and rain can make for an interesting time to get the right shot. However the less than typical landscape of frozen lakes, grey skies and brown grass certainly can be eye-catching and lend a certain “realness” to the image. This session, on the edge of a frozen Alberta lake, was the perfect setting to capture relaxed images of this little guy.
Well I finally tackled the item that has been on my “to do” list forever…..I updated my website. The website is www.thehuntergroup.ca . I had been avoiding it forever. I knew I wanted to add Studio H to the site, previously the site was only for Hunter Photographics, but I knew it was going to be a big job.
It took me about an hour to figure out how to think like the website program and work out how the website was mapped out. Unfortunately once I figured it out I realized the whole site needed reworking.
Nine hours and a reasonable amount of head shaking later the site was done. I still have a few bits to add in the near future. I also have the album sections to tackle; this will be a significantly time-consuming task of editing out old images and adding in new ones.
Editing the albums is always interesting, I am always left saying “Wow, I’ve sure shot a lot of people.”.
To check out the updated website, please visit www.thehuntergroup.ca .
I spent the past weekend immersed in food photography again. It was a continuation of the recent shoot for Jose Jose Latin Restaurant. This weekend was spent building a blog for the restaurant. Photography is interesting at the moment, it is no longer a case of just shoot and print the image. Images can now be digitally altered and processed to which the final result is only limited by one’s imagination. The digital format also makes desktop publishing and promotion via electronic means and social media sites convenient . I have to admit I quite like taking photography to the next level when a customer’s requirements include creating layouts or creating web or blog sites. I love the challenge of a shoot becoming a larger project and it is very rewarding to see the final product when the whole project is completed.
Taco Beef Fajita
It has been a busy, busy week with work for my photography business. In addition to the usual portrait work, my week has been filled with food photography. I recently did a shoot for Jose Jose Latin Restaurant where we photographed a good proportion of their menu items. The food is very colorful and very yummy. The servings are also HUGE, so if you are feeling hungry it is certainly a place to check out. Today I am sharing images of Jose Jose’s empanada, fajita and chimichanga. I’ll share a few more images in the days to come. I am pretty sure the images will leave you with a craving for latin food.
In today’s post I am sharing a portrait order that I have just completed. This was an afternoon portrait in a local park. Afternoon is often a nice time to shoot younger families, as a shoot time after nap-time can provide for happy, rested children with smiles.
The parents wanted a relaxed session with images that were informal. They wanted to capture their kids “being kids”.
These images will definitely bring back memories of giggles, smiles and cuddles in the years to come.